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Old 01-05-2018, 09:30 PM
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More of the Takamado princesses on January 2nd:
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https://twitter.com/SP_HIRO/status/948515895722192896

Princess Yuriko only attended the first balcony appearance, supported by Princess Nobuko. [Sankei Imperial Weekly #520]

In the evening, the CP and Akishino families had dinner with the Emperor and Empress.
http://www.sankei.com/images/news/18...060002-p26.jpg
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Huge crowds turn up for New Year greetings at Imperial Palace: The Asahi Shimbun
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“Happy New Year, I am truly delighted to be able to celebrate the New Year with you,” said Akihito, addressing the crowd by microphone from the balcony. “I hope that this year will turn out to be a calming and enriching year for all of you. I also wish happiness for people in Japan and the rest of the world.”

According to the Imperial Household Agency, 126,720 well-wishers gathered for the five appearances by the imperial family, the largest turnout for New Year's greetings during the Heisei Era, as Akihito's reign is known.

[…]
On January 3rd, members of the Imperial family attended Genshisai, a ceremony that "celebrates the headquarters and origin of the Imperial Throne at the start of the new year. The prosperity of the nation and the people are also prayed for at the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries."

List of main ritual ceremonies of the Imperial Palace - The Imperial Household Agency

CP Naruhito arrival and departure:

Princesses Hisako, Ayako, Yoko, Akiko, Nobuko, Mako, and Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko:
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Old 01-10-2018, 01:00 AM
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Members of the Imperial family attended New Year's Lectures (Ceremony of the Kousho Hajime) on January 10th. CP Masako attended for the first time in 15 years. This year's lectures included:
- Kazui Tashiro, Professor Emeritus of Keio University, "Japan and Korea Trade in the Edo Period as seen from Tsushima Souza"
- Naoyuki Osaka, Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University's temporal memory function, "Working memory to conscious consciousness"
- Akira Fujishima, President of Tokyo University of Science, "Solar energy and photocatalyst"

The lectures lasted nearly an hour. [NHK]

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It is a pleasant tradition. I wonder who makes the choice of subjects and lecturers?

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The private 60th Imperial Household Agency Staff Cultural Festival opens December 14-16th and features the Imperial family's poetry, photography, crafts, etc.

Photos at Asahi and explanations below:
1. Princess Aiko created a herbarium titled "Summer in Suzaki, Autumn in Akasaka," where shells are from Suzaki Imperial Villa and plants are from the East Palace and Akasaka Estate.
2. Prince Hisahito made additions to the model of a traditional home from last year. With help from family and staff, it now has a well, chicken coop, vegetable garden, and a persimmon tree.
3. Close up of the well
4. Close up of the chicken coop
5. Emperor Akihito submitted poetry
6. Empress Michiko submitted poetry
7. The Imperial couple's submissions are exhibited together
8. Empress Michiko's art submission. (Not sure about this one; it looks like she created frames for photographs?)
9. CP Naruhito and CP Masako submitted photography of Yatsugatake mountain range and Nasu Animal Kingdom.
10. Prince Akishino submitted nature photography
11. Princess Kiko's photography of nature
12. Princess Hisako's photo of beanie babies around a clay model computer
13. Princess Nobuko's photos of dog and flowers
14. Princess Akiko submitted a piece titled "A color gradient" of gold cloths
15. Photo of the exhibition

The "model of a traditional home" is quite sophisticated. I suppose that young Hisahito had abundant assistance from the "family and staff".

Not surprisingly, Princess Hisako's photograph is informal in contrast to the traditional and conforming artworks submitted by the higher ranking members of the imperial family.
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Today, January 12, the Imperial family attended the Utakai-Hajime-no-Gi New Year's poetry reading ceremony at the Imperial Palace:



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This year's poetry theme is "Go" (Word). Next year's theme is "Hikari" (Light).

9 of the 10 poem winners attended the ceremony. Group photo:
https://www.jiji.com/news/photos/pho...0025890369.jpg

Waka Poems by Their Majesties and Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Princess, 2018 - The Imperial Household Agency

All poems at Sankei (warning: some google translations are odd)

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According to the Imperial Household Agency the Crown Princess will not attend this year’s new year poetry reading ceremony, set to be held on Friday, as the length of the event and the required gestures could be a strain on her.
New Year poetry reading held at Imperial Palace | Nippon TV NEWS24 JAPAN
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On January 15th, CP Naruhito and Prince Akishino met with Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Residence. They are said to meet monthly to discuss the future of the Imperial family.

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On January 30th, members of the Imperial family attended Komei-Tenno-reisai at the Imperial Palace. The ceremony marks the anniversary of Emperor Komei's passing. Princess Akiko attended a similar ceremony at the Imperial mausoleum in Kyoto where Emperor Komei is buried. Some arrival and departure videos below.

CP Naruhito:

Princesses Yoko, Hisako, Ayako, and Nobuko:

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https://twitter.com/PS2y2/status/958156515029917696
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On February 2nd, members of the Imperial family visited the 67th Kanto Tokai Flower Exhibition held at the Sunshine City Cultural Center in Toshima, Tokyo.

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From Sankei Imperial Weekly #524

News24.jp video of Prince Akishino's visit

ETA: FNN video includes Princesses Nobuko and Ayako

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Members of the Imperial family attended a concert by music college graduates at the Imperial Palace's music hall on March 20th.

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On April 4th, the Imperial couple and Princess Hisako attended the 54th Suzuki Grand Concert at Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Tokyo; the concert commemorates violinist Shinichi Suzuki's 120th birthday. 2000 children performed, including 50 from prefectures impacted by the 2011 earthquake.

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The spring garden party will be held on April 25th. Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu (Men's figuring skating), Olympic gold medalist Kodaira Nao (Women's 500m speed skating), professional Shoji player Yoshiharu Habu, and professional Go player Yuta Iyama are among the 2,500 guests invited.

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The Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, visited Japan April 10-13 and his agenda included audiences with members of the Imperial family.

Japanese Language and Judo Centres to be Established in Bhutan - New Bhutan Times - Know Bhutan
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[…] Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and his delegation arrived in Tokyo on April 10. While in Japan, Lyonchhen received an audience with His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito, the Prince and Princess of Akishino and Princess Mako.

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IHA announced CP Masako will attend the garden party tomorrow. However, in consideration for her health, she will leave in the middle of the event as before.

Source: https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...07577625112577
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IHA announced CP Masako will attend the garden party tomorrow. However, in consideration for her health, she will leave in the middle of the event as before.

Source: https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...07577625112577
I'm glad that she's going to be at the garden party, but the fact that she is still having to leave part way through makes me really question whether the week long trip proposed by Crown Prince Naruhito is a good idea.

On the plus side, I wonder if she'll at least make sure that she gets to speak to Yuzuru Hanyu so she can tell Princess Aiko about it? Princess Aiko is reportedly an admirer of Yuzuru Hanyu.
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I agree. Perhaps she'll stay longer this year and that'll be progress. Since she returned to garden parties, Masako has gradually increased her time chatting with guests and comfortable enough to wear kimonos again. I don't know how long it takes to get through the receiving line. From short TV clips, it appears the royals only speak briefly to those in the front row.

If she doesn't speak to Yuzuru Hanyu at the garden party, then CP Naruhito can. I suspect Princess Kako wishes she could attend this year. She was a figure skater in primary school. She wasn't 20 yet for the garden party following the Sochi Winter Olympics and now she's studying aboard. There should be a tea party for Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the summer so that's another opportunity for Masako and Kako.

IHA is understandably tentative about Masako. Similar statements were made before Naruhito's solo trips to Malaysia and Denmark last year. I only see Masako going to France if she's limited to a few events in Paris.
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I didn't know that she had increased her time chatting, that is definitely progress. I was very happy to see that she was wearing kimono again, since, as you mentioned, that seemed symbolic of her healing. Besides, the Imperial family has the most beautiful kimonos, and I love seeing them!

Yes, I will be watching developments with the trip to France with a lot of interest. I'm sure the IHA is treading a fine line, since Masako has things that she really has to participate in for the upcoming enthronement, and the IHA has to be worried about encouraging her to take on more, while running the risk that if they push too hard it may be another 10 years before we see her taking on any public roles at all.

I feel a lot of compassion for CP Masako.
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The Imperial Family at the spring garden party hosted by the emperor in Tokyo on April 25

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Asahi, Mainichi, Getty Images galleries

Princesses Mako and Kako cheered for Yuzuru Hanyu
https://twitter.com/yp1_ydct/status/989033442364002308

Asahi reporter Shima Yasuhiko's tweets:
- Hanyu told Princess Hisako he felt humble during the parade. He usually looks up at the audience at skating competitions/shows whereas he looked down from a van at the parade.
- Princess Nobuko thanked him for the parade in Sendai.
- Empress Michiko and CP Naruhito asked Hanyu about his ankle and rehabilitation.
- CP Masako left before reaching Hanyu and the other athletes.

Sources:
https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...21455940706304
https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...20082897485824
https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...16966613512197
https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...15507821973504
https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...13169724014592

Yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) served at the garden party
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dbmcn6eVMAE18tR.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dbmd3I8U8AAkMQe.jpg

Hanyu meets imperial couple at garden party, talks of rehab: The Asahi Shimbun
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Hanyu told Michiko and Naruhito how he is doing in a rehabilitation program after suffering an ankle injury.

When Princess Mako, a granddaughter of the emperor and empress, congratulated him for landing another gold after the Sochi Olympics four years earlier, Hanyu flashed a smile and said, “Thank you.”
Imperial couple host spring garden party - News - NHK WORLD - English
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The empress said she saw a large number of fans cheering him in a parade through his hometown, Sendai, on Sunday.

Hanyu said he was glad to donate the funds raised by his fans at the parade to help the reconstruction of his hometown and other areas hit by the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

[...]

Shogi player Yoshiharu Habu received the People's Honor Award earlier this year for becoming the first lifetime holder of all major shogi titles.

When the emperor asked him whether a shogi match wears him out, Habu said he sometimes loses weight during a 2-day match.

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